Climate Change

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:56 pm on 28th May 2008.

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Photo of Des McNulty Des McNulty Labour 3:56 pm, 28th May 2008

I know that the bus service operators grant is not the only reason for bus fares going up, but it has been a contributory element, as the Competition Commission recognised. The minister might return to that decision.

I will highlight another issue that the minister must address. Nine major planning infrastructure decisions were announced shortly after the publication of the climate change bill consultation. Why has the Government proposed those major projects in parallel with climate change consideration? Why is it not considering properly the climate change implications of the projects and harmonising the timetable? There is no sense in closing the door after the horse has bolted, so there is no sense in the Government announcing that it will take steps on, for example, the new Forth crossing without considering how it can reduce the crossing's climate change implications. Another example is the decision to have a public inquiry on the Aberdeen western peripheral route that does not address climate change and other issues.